If you’re just considering starting your own blog, you may be wondering which of the many blog services will offer the best blogging platform for your needs. If you’re new to blogging, are on a budget and/or are not tech-savvy, I recommend Blogger as the best blog platform for beginners. Here’s why:
It’s free, with no strings attached.
TypePad has some great features, but you’ll pay for them. Their most basic level starts at $4.95 per month (after a 14 day free trial). WordPress.com is free, until you want to do things like include Adsense ads or display your blog on your own domain name. Blogger is completely free.
It’s easy to use, even if you’re a tech-dummy.
Blogger, in my experience, has always been the best blog platform for the tech-challenged. However, their new version makes customizing templates and rearranging widgets easier than ever before. Their XML templates allow for dragging and dropping of widgets, which means you don’t have to know HTML (even a little bit) to make your blog look the way you want it.
You can show up in search results faster.
Because Blogger is now owned by Google, you’ll have a powerful spider on your side. In general, when you start a new website or blog it can take weeks for the search engines to crawl the site, which means you won’t appear in search engine results for a while. My Blogger-powered blogs have all shown up in search results the same day I post my first post. I have one client whose Blogger-powered blog ranks higher than his own website. I have another client whose newly created Blogger-powered blog out-ranked her already popular MySpace blog in less than a week. There is power in having Google on your side.
There are plenty of free templates available.
If you don’t like the classic templates offered by Blogger, you can choose a more attractive template fairly easily. There are many tech-savvy folks online who spend a lot of time creating new Blogger templates and/or converting free templates from other platforms to work for Blogger. If you want to browse your choices for more attractive Blogger-compatible templates, I recommend the layouts at FinalSense, Isnaini and GeckoFly. For more recommendations, check out the Top 5 Free Blogger Templates listing at About Weblogs. You can also Google “free blogger templates” and browse the results.
Of course, there are also some disadvantages of using Blogger, like not being able to file your posts in traditional categories and the inability to “drip” your posts to show up on future dates. For a new blogger on a budget, though, I wholeheartedly believe the advantages of Blogger outweigh the drawbacks. Especially if you’re as tech-challenged as I am, I don’t think you’ll regret giving Blogger a try. If you’re really worried about the decision, you might want to open free accounts both with Blogger.com and WordPress.com. Play around a little bit on both and decide for yourself which is the best blogging platform for you.
Whether you’re a new or seasoned blogger, I’d love to know your experience. Which platform did you use for your first blog? Any advantages or disadvantages? Which do you feel is the best blog platform for new bloggers?
i’m an experienced blogger and i still prefer blogspot. i like it because you can freely edit the template and beacuse the domain mapping is free.
it’s the self-hosted WP version: wordpress.org
This is just for those blogging for business, and I do NOT recommend it to my competitors
I blog on Blogger and feel very happy with it. If you like to add more to it and also for free, I really recommend this site: http://betabloggerfordummies.com
There is anything and everything about Blogger there and the host will help you out with your questions.
~ Gabriela ~
Seriously, I don’t understand why blogger is supposed to be easy. I recently joined klatcher.com, and my site was up in 5 minutes including my first story (ok, i had it in storage, just copy & paste). But it looks so much better, and readers love it. Besides, I think the old platforms (Blogger and wordpress) will be gone next year, since Klatcher.com adn everything that comes after it has premium story options to sell your stuff, which increases your CPM to 10-20 bucks. Forget the dinosaurs!
I have learned blogging the first time using Blogger and I love it…it is the best!
Blogger is the best blog platform aside from it being free, it is also user friendly.
I don’t agree that blogger is best for beginnings. try http://www.moguling.com…has video tutorials about SEO and has tons of built in SEO that you don’t have to think about..it just does it..
Thanks for the comment. I’m headed over to read your article. 🙂
I need more hours in the day, too!
As I wrote here a little while ago, people forget that Blogger has the might of Google behind it.
This creates, amongst many other things:
While I use Blogger, I feel I have outgrown it which is why I will soon be re-launching something on to a WordPress platform (I just need more hours in the day!). However, the low barrier to entry really helps people get a taste of blogging without a huge investment.
I agree, the drag and drop widgets make creating a blog SO much easier. I wish Blogger had implemented that feature back when I first started blogging there. Thanks for the comment.
I first started out with blogger.In just a week i was able to produce those master class pages with ease and prior time.Blogger actually was saving time with those DRAG AND DROP WIDGET.I would demand every beginner to get his hands on Blogger and then move.Yeah WordPress is hell lot demanding right now but blogger is great when you want something free.Nice post .
I can’t say I’m completely familiar with all the differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org, because I’ve never used the .org option (too tech-challenged for that!). I know the .org one you have to install yourself, while the .com one you can use for free on their server.
Blogger is an awesome platform for beginners and I recommend it for everyone starting out. Just a couple of things to mention – There are two different types of WordPress. WordPress.com, and WordPress.org. Both are free, but with WordPress.org you have to have your own domain, that’s where they paying part comes in. It’s a free platform to use, however.